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Monastery of Santo Domingo (Iglesia y Monasterio de Santo Domingo)

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Address: Jiron Camana 170 - Cercado de Lima, Lima, Peru
Phone Number: 426-5521
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Description: Built by Dominican friars in 1549, this Church and Monastery contains the...
Built by Dominican friars in 1549, this Church and Monastery contains the tombs of Santa Martin de Porres and Peru's other famous saint, Santa Rosa de Lima.
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What a Library!

Really enjoyed this monastery, unfortunately you are not allowed to take pictures and the lady at the tourist shop was not friendly, so we didn't buy any postcards. The catacombs... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Really enjoyed this monastery, unfortunately you are not allowed to take pictures and the lady at the tourist shop was not friendly, so we didn't buy any postcards. The catacombs under the monastery with all the bones was very surreal especially with the monks singing. Fascinating history, and the library is a must see. Great photo opps outside the building.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Several saints revered in the US are products of Peru. Martin and Rose (Isabella) are honored in this church/monastery which also featured beautiful tile-work and art. If these saints are important to you, this is a must-see.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Beside the historical reference as being the resting places for St. Martin and Rose the overall architecture is pretty neat. The woodwork mixed with the tile work is incredible. The garden in the central portion of the cathedral is gorgeous. Don't miss out on the library! The amount and age of the books inside will blow your mind!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We enjoyed the convent, with its' lovely gardens and tile work. The site of the first university in the Americas, it is also the burial site of the first Catholic saint in Peru. We were rushed by our guide, and I would have liked more time here.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

walking through this structure was interesting and had los of unexpected surprises, like the giant pit filled with skulls and bones. one of the more interesting tours given at any of the cathedrals or museums in lima

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Our visit to the graveside of St. Martin of Porres and St. Rose of Lima was a humbling experience indeed. Both were devoted to helping the poor and less fortunate people of Lima. The monastery brings a sense of awe to anyone visiting, just thinking about what these venerable saints did to help others. This was a soulful experience to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Pretty place. Lots of nice scenary and good knowledge to gain. Like any other cathedral if it's your kind of thing. Wouldn't spend more than 15mins

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This is a well preserved baroque pile with moorish influences. Main points of interest are a vast dusty library with ancient texts (think Gringold's bank in Harry Potter), a huge painting of the Last Supper complete with roast cuy (Guinea Pig) and the piece de resistance, a series of unnerving catacombs containing the crumbling remains of 70,000 skeletons, mainly skulls... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 via mobile

The best display of Moorish Influence, tiles, wall and ceiling design, and frescoes in the Americas. But don't stop there, the encrypts are a sight to put the scare in Halloween. Note, no photography allowed. Excellent tour guides provided with admission fee.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

The architecture of the building and the courtyard with its many trees were interesting. But the catacombs and their history were fascinating.

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